Music This Month Includes a Free Concert

Trinity’s October music features instrumental solos commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month and vocal music by Bach and Mendelssohn celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The October 8 anthem God Is Here presents Glenn Wonacott’s thoughtful text:

God is here, reaching out to all who gather;

God is here, listening to the prayers of all.

God is here, giving grace where hearts are wounded;

God is here, lifting lives after a fall.

God is here, calling us to find our passion;

God is here, teaching us to find ourselves.

Reaching, listening, giving grace—lifting lives to see God’s face.

God is here, showing why we all are here, for God is here.

Concert for Share

Trinity’s adult singers will take part with musicians from seven other local houses of worship in “All Good Gifts: an Interfaith Service Fair and Concert” on October 29; the service fair representing local charitable institutions and benefitting Share of McLean will start at 6 p.m., and the one-hour concert will follow at 7 p.m. In addition to various vocal and instrumental solos, the concert’s massed choir will sing All Good Gifts from the 1971 musical Godspell, the folk hymn How Can I Keep from Singing, and the inspirational 2003 song You Raise Me Up. These events are free to the public and will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church on 2034 Great Falls Street, McLean.


Crafts for a Cause Gets Ready for Christmas

Crafts for a Cause is already getting ready for the holidays, as work has begun on the 50 flannel Christmas stockings we make for newborns at Fair Oaks Hospital. Work is also underway for the annual Holiday Bazaar, set to start Sun., Nov. 19, after both worship services, and continuing Sundays until Dec. 17.

You can be a part of all this by attending the work sessions, scheduled on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. Upcoming dates: Oct. 9 and Oct. 23. Activities include cutting and sewing fabric, stuffing pillows and dolls, and on occasion, card stamping and jewelry making.

Recently, we’ve been blessed with the donation of baby hats knitted and crocheted by members of the Lewinsville Senior Center of McLean and the Pimmit HIlls Senior Center of Falls Church. Thanks to Naty de las Alas for coordinating. Also, thanks to Nell Gilmore and Rory Hartsoe for their ongoing donations of knitted caps. Fair Oaks Hospital is always grateful!

For more information on Crafts for a Cause, contact Molly Sprouse.

Good Works Day: Oct. 14

Good Works Day

Saturday, October 14

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.,

followed by chili lunch


Campus projects for children, youth and adults include:

  • railing and parking lot painting
  • repairs at Trinity House and on the playground
  • door repairs
  • grounds maintenance

Drop in when you are able. For more information, please contact Wayne Detwiler or Karen Hunt.


Community service projects for children, youth and adults:

  • writing letters to the children at Heart to Heart Children’s Village (ages 11 and up)
  • assembling books for Stanton Elementary School (ages 10 and up*)
  • working at Share sorting and carrying food, sorting clothing donations and assisting clients (high school age and older*) Volunteers will meet at Trinity at 8:45 a.m., drive to Share and depart Share at 12 p.m.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for one of these projects is asked to please sign up on the registration sheets in the Fellowship Building by Sunday, October 8 so that we can get an accurate count and prepare accordingly. Please contact Alexandra Kiefer for more information.

* parent/legal guardian required to be present the entire time for participants under 18

Saturday morning, October 14, Trinity will be buzzing with projects, fun and a chili fellowship lunch for all ages. Trustees and Church and Society will host Trinity’s Fall Good Works Day on Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., followed by lunch. This year will be a truly intergenerational experience and we encourage everyone to come out and assist in the wonderful projects which will serve Trinity, our community, and the world.

Wayne Detwiler and the Trustees invite you to lend a hand with projects large and small around Trinity’s campus. We will have the tools and supplies for helpers of all ability levels to work on inside and outside projects, including railing and parking lot painting, repairs at Trinity House and on the playground, and door repairs and ground maintenance. Drop in when you are able and join your friends for a morning of service that will enhance our campus. Please contact Wayne Detwiler or Karen Hunt for more information.

Church and Society will host three community service projects: writing letters to the children at Heart to Heart Children’s Village, the orphanage in Honduras that we support; assembling books for children at Stanton Elementary School (open to anyone who is age 10 or older, anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian); and working at Share sorting and carrying food, carrying client grocery bags, collecting donations, sorting clothing donations and assisting clients as they choose their groceries (open to anyone who is high school age or older, anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian who stays the entire time – volunteers will meet at Trinity at 8:45 a.m. then drive themselves over to Share then depart Share at 12 p.m.). Anyone who would like to volunteer for one of these projects is asked to please sign up on the registration sheets in the Fellowship Building by Sunday, October 8 so that we can get an accurate count and prepare accordingly. Please contact Alexandra Kiefer for more information.

With projects indoors and out, it will be a fun morning of service for the whole family. At noon, join us for fellowship and to celebrate these good works and ministries with a chili lunch provided by our own Trinity Cooks Crew!

Next Level Innovation and a Bible Study

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

Next Level Innovation (NLI) is an investment in churches that have a recognized potential for reaching more people in their community and inviting them to become disciples of Jesus. These churches have healthy and coachable leadership. Trinity is one of only 6 churches in this first investment.

The Arlington District & Virginia Conference will provide leadership and administration needs to oversee the development process over the next 3 years. Each church assembles an NLI team oriented toward the process. Trinity’s NLI team is the Executive Council members, clergy and laity.

The District NLI team and other church innovation professionals will visit Trinity on our NLI weekend in October to talk with the Trinity members. Their team will generate recommendations that will help Trinity move to the next level of its abilities, changing the status quo and encouraging innovations that help each participating church community make disciples for the transformation of the world.

Our weekend is October 20, 21, 22. We’ll have only one worship time that Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Interviews with congregation members will be Friday evening and Saturday morning. The NLI leadership team will deliver Sunday’s message and encourage Trinity members in our mission with Jesus Christ.

On another note, I will begin my fall Bible study on September 10. Classes are Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Monday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This year we’re using the Disciple Fast Track series, Into the Word, Into the World and we’ll begin with Genesis and Exodus. The study last 12 weeks. Class members read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible each day in preparation for the class. Into the Word will help you deepen your understanding of Scripture, make connections between what you already know and what you’re reading and you’ll encounter 3 spiritual disciplines, learn what they are and discover how you can engage those disciplines. Each week Into the World identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses.

And finally, each week, you’ll be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal. Join us for Genesis/Exodus in the fall and Luke/Acts in the winter.


Bible Study for Women Too Busy for Bible Study

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

“It’s been so long since I’ve felt overwhelmed, stressed out or pulled in a million different directions.”

When was the last time you said that to yourself? Yeah, me neither.

That’s why I’ve felt the call to start a women’s Bible study. But, it is not meant to be just any Bible study. It’s one specifically for women who feel they absolutely have no time to go to Bible study. Let me explain.

Our environment is one where we sit in traffic, plodding along (at a snail’s pace) only to arrive at a designated place where we push ourselves at break-neck speed, only to get back in traffic (going at an even slower snail’s pace) only to … well, you get the idea. What can we do about it? We can go to God, seek out scripture, and fellowship with other sisters trying to keep pace with this NOVA craziness. It’s time we make room for God in our schedule.

I hope you’ll join us for our new Bible study: A Woman Overwhelmed. As author Hayley DiMarco writes: “We were created to be overwhelmed, not with the impossibility of our to-do lists or our circumstances but with the possibility of God working in and through us. Our purpose is to be engulfed not by the stuff of this world, the creation, but by the Creator. Trouble is that we often forget this and instead focus on our plans and pains.”

We’ll look at the life of Mary, Jesus’ mother. (Talk about a woman with the potential of being overwhelmed!) We’ll also look at ways our sense of being overwhelmed can keep us from fully experiencing God’s glory that surrounds us. (No need to pack your bags for a guilt trip; this class is meant to inspire and encourage!)

A Woman Overwhelmed

A six-week Bible study

Sunday mornings, starting September 10

9:30 a.m., room 302 (downstairs in the Fellowship Building)

Send me an e-mail if you have questions. There is a workbook that costs $10. Please let me know if you are attending so that I can order enough of them. (We can help with the price of the workbook; just let me know that, too.) I can be reached at

See you soon!


Discipleship for Children and Youth Group

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Stewardship Goals for Children’s Education

Starting this fall, we will reintroduce offering time for children during the Children’s Message at 10:30 worship service. We will collect funds for Heifer International and Heart to Heart Children’s Village in Honduras. There will be offering goals for the year and updates on our progress towards those goals. I was not here when our previous Director of Christian Education, Amy Crisp, started it, but I heard from many parents and children that this was one of the elements of our worship service that felt relevant to students in terms of giving.

Besides this, there are a couple of other reasons for bringing it back. First, one of Trinity’s missions is to help parents raise sacrificial and socially active children. This offering demonstrates to children that their monetary contributions go to causes that alleviate poverty and suffering. Second, giving in a worship context not only continues the tradition of giving, but also strengthens a sense of celebration and community building through stewardship.

For the first goal, let’s go for something high. Therefore, what about donating a heifer which costs $500?! Let’s do this!

Active Youth Group

The youth group had an assessment session during the summer regarding our activities and events. We reviewed all our activities for the year and established parameters for the coming year. There are two important points of consensus. One, we want to do more outreach events. Two, we want to do activities outside of the church utilizing resources available in the greater DC area. Therefore, at least once a month, the youth group will be engaged in outreach projects and/or activities at another location.

The outreach projects that we’re considering are:

  1. Good Works Day at Trinity
  2. Rise Against Hunger event (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
  3. Feeding homeless at Franklin Park in DC

The outside activities under consideration are:

  1. Visiting DC museums
  2. District Lock-in event
  3. Activities with other United Methodist congregations

The master calendar for youth will be available at our youth group meeting at 5 p.m. on September 10. I’m truly excited about the coming year!